The Riverbank House Hotel is situated on the far side of the bridge from Wexford Town. They share the same owners as the excellent Yard restaurant in the centre of town, and the landmark Centenary Stores. We have been going to the Riverbank for years, and it has changed beyond measure in recent years with a total makeover that has turned it into one of Wexford’s busiest restaurants.
When my daughter was a very small we used to regularly go down to Wexford for weekends. We habitually camped in the campsite at the top of the hill behind the Riverbank, and frequented the hotel of an evening. Most people can remember where they were when they first saw Riverdance; we were in the bar with our fellow weekend travellers watching it on the television.
The Riverbank House has been completely renovated since then, into the modern and tasteful place it is today. One of its defining features is its close proximity to the town, without actually being in it. There is ample parking and the décor is bright and airy. An indoor garden stands between the bar and function area, and the main bar is large and spacious, with wooden tables well spaced around the room and a large bar in the centre.
The menu is modern Irish food and they offer a large range of options. Choose from starters such as seafood chowder, sticky wings, linguine with pesto, bacon and cream, classic Caesar salad or crispy fried duck Asian style. All the starters are priced between €4 and €8 euro. Main courses are equally abundant, and there is a half pound home made burger, fillets of lemon sole with tartar sauce, baked cod, and Indian style chicken curry and a sirloin steak.
There are also evening specials everyday in the bar and a short but well chosen and fairly priced wine list. The Riverbank House is a fine venue serving very good quality food at reasonable prices. It is family friendly, very nicely decorated and won’t disappoint for a casual meal in nice surroundings.